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Marlins' Stanton shows what he can do when healthy

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Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton didn't miss a beat in his first series back since the middle of the month.

Stanton has home runs in two of his last three games after missing the previous nine games because of a strained muscle in his left side. Stanton, who homered off Cliff Lee on Friday and Roy Halladay on Saturday, has 36 home runs, the second-highest total in franchise history (Gary Sheffield had 42 in 1996).

He went 1-for-4 with a single Sunday in Miami's 4-1 loss to the Phillies.

Stanton on Saturday was named the team MVP by the Miami chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Stanton has missed 39 games because of injuries, including knee surgery in July.

"A lot of people ask: If this kid stayed healthy all year long, what (can he do)? If he's still healthy, where (would) this team would be?" manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But missing all that time and rehab and surgery, to come up and have the year he has had is pretty amazing.

"The biggest thing about him: He's a big kid. He's going to have some issues because of his body."
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